2016 Finalist – Wendy Fairclough

Fill to Line (detail), 2014
cast lead crystal, 730 x 280 x 280
Photo: Grant Hancock

Established Artist Category Finalist


Wendy Fairclough migrated from New Zealand to Australia in her teens. After completing her Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Sculpture and Printmaking,she completed post graduate study in Adult Education and Training. During this time she attended a glassblowing workshop which inspired her to enrol in a Bachelor of Applied Arts (majoring in Glass) at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia which she completed in 2000. Fairclough draws on this background to create still life installations using a combination of casting, cold-working processes, engraving and found objects. Based in the Adelaide Hills her practice comprises production, exhibition work and commissions. She has exhibited in Asia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Australia. Fairclough’s work is represented in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Australian National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, the Australian National University Collection, Canberra and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

“I work within a loose framework of the still life genre wherein the reference to familiar objects allows the viewer to immediately identify with the work, and bring to it their own stories and understandings. Recent work focuses on that which we have in common regardless of culture or religious beliefs. I have found expression for these commonalities in the small gestures and details of day to day activities surrounding food, ritual, and work. There is universality in the labour of the ordinary worker. In addition I admire the creativity and ingenuity of the human mind and hand in the meeting of basic needs such as warmth, food, and shelter. I reference some of these things in Fill to Line.”